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Is Prevention the Best Cure for HIV? Category: Viral Infections by - June 6, 2014 | Views: 65726 | Likes: 0 | Comment: 0  

HIV Prevention is Cure

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is spread through body fluids and it invades cells of the immune system called CD4 cells or T-cells. As the virus spreads through the body the disease destroys many CD4 cells and the body cannot fight the infection and disease. When the CD4 count becomes very low this can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Despite years of research, a cure for HIV has not been discovered. However, there have been advancements in preventive therapy and treatment. The best cure for any disease is not to catch it in the first place. Prevention is the best cure for HIV for now.

HIV Facts

  • Every year about 50,000 people are infected with HIV. In 2010, there were 47,500 new HIV infections in the United States.
  • More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and 1 in 6 (15.8%) are unaware of their infection.
  • Gay, bisexual, and men who have sex with men, in particular, young African American men are affected most.
  • African Americans are most affected by HIV.
  • HIV incidence (new infections) has remained stable in recent years, the CDC states 50,000 new HIV infections/year.
  • In 2010, the estimated number of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men was 29,800, a significant 12% increase from the 26,700 new infections in 2008.
  • HIV diagnosis (new diagnosis, regardless of when infection occurred)  in 2011, estimated 49,273 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in the United States. In the same year, 32,052 people were diagnosed with AIDS. Overall, an estimated 1,155,792 people in the US have been diagnosed with AIDS.
  • Approximately 636,000 people have died in the US from AIDS.

Next: How HIV Spreads And Reducing Risk Of HIV Infection

Also Read: Symptoms, Signs, Risk Factors Of HIV Infection And AIDS 


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